Friday feast in the World Cafe


Market stall in Tanzania (picture by Yvonne Baginsky)

Wondering where to go and what to eat on Friday night?  How about African lamb with spinach, mixed vegetable curry, rice with coconut and beans…finished with a fresh fruit salad of  mangos, watermelon, guavas and pineapple.  Welcome to the monthly World Cafe at North Edinburgh Arts Centre.

If it’s the last Friday in the month it has got to be the World Cafe. For over a year the Community Organisation for Race Equality (otherwise known as CORE) has been celebrating multicultural life in North Edinburgh with  a menu of food from all over the world  – from Algeria to Venezuela, from Colombia to Kurdistan and many good eating places in between.

This month’s event coincides with Africa Day so the menu offers a feast of African dishes like Liberian Kala (or doughnuts) along with fried plantaine.  All co-ordinated by Alice Musamba  – incidentally, one of the supporters of World Kitchen in Leith who helped cook up a storm during torrential rain at Leith Festival last year (that’s Alice on the left with Agnes serving on the right).  In fact we have happy memories of rice with coconut and beans served during a rare moment of sunshine in Leith Meadows.  It was delicious.

As Alice says in her email,  “This mouth-watering menu is not to be missed. Hope to see you all there.”

The World Cafe is from 5.30 to 7 pm on the last Friday of every month –  after tomorrow (28th May) the next one is on 25th June. Prices are only £5.00 adults £2.50 children (fruit juice, wine and beer are also on sale) but places are limited so please book in advance to avoid disappointment. Phone 0131 467 7990

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